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    Capitalization, punctuation marks, and italics in the following text

    I've edited the following text in terms of capitalization, punctuation marks, and italics:

    In My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell, a world-renowned zoologist, gives a laugh-packed account of two years he and his family spent on the Greek island of Corfu. In a series of vividly-written sketches, he brings each family member to life so that the reader comes to know Larry, Margo, Leslie, Mother, and young Gerry as individuals with lifelike traits and interests. Throughout the three hundred pages, the reader meets a number of the Greek islanders, including Spiro, a pro-British taxi driver who befriends the family in never-to-be-forgotten ways, and the rose-beetle man, who sells a number of hard-to-resist items such as small tortoises and rose beetles.
    Is there anything I didn't notice?
    Last edited by Mori; 30-Dec-2017 at 21:33.

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    #2

    Re: Capitalization, punctuation marks, and italics in the following text

    The punctuation looks good to me.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Capitalization, punctuation marks, and italics in the following text

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The punctuation looks good to me.
    Thanks for checking!
    Doesn't "rose-beetle man" need to be capitalized?

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    #4

    Re: Capitalization, punctuation marks, and italics in the following text

    No.

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    Re: Capitalization, punctuation marks, and italics in the following text

    It would be capitalised only if it were written that way by the author. I've never read the book so I don't know if he capitalised it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Capitalization, punctuation marks, and italics in the following text

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It would be capitalised only if it were written that way by the author. I've never read the book so I don't know if he capitalised it.
    Actually, it's an exercise in my school workbook: The students are supposed to read the text and edit it. It's originally written as Rose-beetle Man and the teacher's guide hasn't changed it in the answers section. However, I don't trust the teacher's guide as the whole textbook is written/compiled by non-native speakers, and that's why I decided to edit the text myself.
    Last edited by Mori; 31-Dec-2017 at 11:29.

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    Re: Capitalization, punctuation marks, and italics in the following text

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It would be capitalised only if it were written that way by the author. I've never read the book so I don't know if he capitalised it.
    Just found the following:
    Gerald Durrell gives a metaphorical name to a character – ‘the Rose-beetle Man’ – named after what he sold.
    Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guid...frd/revision/2

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    #8

    Re: Capitalization, punctuation marks, and italics in the following text

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    The punctuation looks good to me.
    I just realized vividly-written doesn't need a hyphen.

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    Re: Capitalization, punctuation marks, and italics in the following text

    Quote Originally Posted by Mori View Post
    I just realized vividly-written doesn't need a hyphen.
    I would hyphenate it as a compound adjective. It wouldn't be hyphenated if it were "In a series of sketches which are vividly written ...". However, adverbs as part of compound adjectives aren't always hyphenated. Words which are adjectives as well as adverbs, like "well", are always hyphenated to avoid confusion.
    It's a well-written book.
    It's a well written book.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Capitalization, punctuation marks, and italics in the following text

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    However, adverbs as part of compound adjectives aren't always hyphenated.
    And it's one of those cases.

    Compounds ending in '-ly', such as "smartly dressed," are not hyphenated either before or after a noun.
    Source: Never hyphenate an "-ly" adverb - Hypercorrections: Are You Making These 6 Common Mistakes? | Merriam-Webster

    And here's an example from Oxford Dictionaries:
    a beautifully illustrated book

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Words which are adjectives as well as adverbs, like "well", are always hyphenated to avoid confusion.
    Yes, if they're written before the noun, but:
    The problems caused by cars on the congested roads of Britain are well known.
    Source: Oxford Dictionaries
    Last edited by Mori; 02-Jan-2018 at 09:31.

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